Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 3 October 2001
Vol. 2001, Issue 1, p. bb2
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2001.1.bb2]


The Aging Body

A review by Chang-Su Lim;2001/1/bb2

Physiological Basis of Aging and Geriatrics
Edited by Paola S. Timiras
CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 1994. 324 pp. $104.95. ISBN 0849389798

Theories of aging abound, but it is generally accepted that no single one can explain the entire aging process, even though aging is an inevitable aspect of metazoan life. Now in its second edition, this book approaches the aging process from a physiological viewpoint, describing the changes in the body's systems that accompany both normal aging and disease. An authority in the field of the endocrine system and aging, Paola Timiras has written or edited more than 14 books related to aging. This book's 25 chapters, written largely by Timiras with contributions by other experts in the field, are organized into four themes: general perspectives of aging, molecular and cellular aging, systemic and organismal aging, and prevention and rehabilitation. By integrating various aspects of physiological aging including the demography of aging, diet, exercise, and pharmacology, her analysis provides both depth and completeness. She presents experimental evidence for normal age-related processes that might lend themselves to modification by nutritional, pharmacological, or behavioral interventions.

This book helps its readers understand the physiology that underlies the aging process, because it provides a well-organized treatment of all systems of the human body and how they change over time. Its uniqueness stems from its coverage of healthful human aging. Anyone interested in aging can read this book on a Saturday afternoon. It is recommended for both educated lay readers and researchers, largely because of the exceptionally clear summaries of the physiological changes that accompany normal aging.

The third edition of this book is expected to go to press by 2002.

October 3, 2001

Science of Aging Knowledge Environment. ISSN 1539-6150